Whatever kind of drink or environment you're after, Fitzroy has it. The streets are dotted with sharp wine bars, dozens of great pubs, two of the best cocktail bars in the world, a whisky specialist with table service and of course, a plethora of small, unpretentious bars. And the best bit? They’re all walking distance from one another.

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The Everleigh

Bar

This cocktail bar's eye for detail is second to none – it even has an in-house ice company to ensure every drink gets the perfect block.

1 150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Black Pearl

Bar

This suave cocktail bar is consistently recognised in global polls, and for good reason. There's no drink the staff here can't make to perfection.

304 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Bad Frankie

Bar

The first bar in Melbourne – and still the best – to ditch all international spirits in favour of a 100 per cent Australian list.

141 Greeves Street, Fitzroy

The Workers Club

Bar

A comfortable and understated local pub with live music.

51 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Napier Hotel

Bar

A cosy corner pub nestled down the backstreets of Fitzroy that's a great place to call your local.

210 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Tamura Sake Bar

Restaurant

This jazzy Fitzroy 30-seater blends Japanese izakaya, craft sake bar and record store.

43 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

The Shady Lady

Bar

Like drinking at your cool grandma’s house.

36 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Ends & Means

Bar

An easygoing cocktail bar from two former nightclub bartenders. With local brewers on tap and syrups brewed in-house.

79 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Mr Wow’s Emporium

Bar

Pinball machines, table tennis, pool and bocce with decent cocktails? Believe it.

97B Smith St, Fitzroy

Harry & Frankie Fitzroy

Bar

A north-side iteration of the Port Melbourne wine bar.

406 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Polly

Bar

This Brunswick Street institution has been mixing cocktails for two decades, and it has just as much character as you'd expect.

401 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Marquis of Lorne

Bar

This classic pub – which has stood on its corner for over 150 years – is one of Melbourne's best. The three-level hotel is the ideal place for a good feed or a knock-off pint in the sun, whether you're downstairs in the front bar, upstairs in the dining room, or soaking in rays on the rooftop.

411 George street, Fitzroy
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Naked In The Sky

Restaurant

This is the place where you bring anyone visiting Melbourne from out of town. So why do people brave the crowds, the uncertainty about actually getting a seat and the uncomfortably small elevator? Because this Fitzroy classic has some truly gobsmacking panaromic views of our city.

285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Elysian

Bar

A whisky bar with 300-plus rare bottles, including one-off releases never to be made again.

113 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Evie’s Disco Diner

Restaurant

It’s an ’80s referencing, more than 50 per cent vegan American diner with a dance floor.

230 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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The Roy

Bar

Cocktails, fine liquor, obscure beer and sport aren’t obvious bedfellows, but it works here.

401 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Pixel Alley

Bar

An arcade for grown-ups, where you can sink good cocktails over a game of Pac Man or Street Fighter.

95 Smith Street, Fitzroy

The Rooks Return

Bar

A local’s bar for locals and visitors alike.

201 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Amarillo

Bar

Pairs a mid-century European fit-out with modern, effortless cool. Try toasties and coffee in the morning; and oysters and wine at night.

149 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Catfish

Bar

An unpretentious spot for great beer, live music and authentic Philly cheesesteaks.

30 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Little Hop

Bar

This taqueria is a simple kind of place, with just two beers on tap and tunes spinning away on the turntables behind the bar. Local hospitality workers like to stick their heads in for a quick chat and a taco before their shift. It’s open until late on weekends, so many return for a wind-down drink after work too.

277 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Evelyn

Bar

A live music staple in the centre of Fitzroy.

351 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Rooftop Bar

Bar

This rooftop bar above Ichi Ni Nana and Cappo Sociale is the perfect place to start an evening in Fitzroy, perched as it is at the top of Brunswick Street. Come here Asian-inspired cocktails or some good value wines.

Level 2 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Slowbeer Fitzroy

Bar

Choose from 1500 beers to take home, or drink in and match with a cheese plate

351 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Bimbo

Restaurant

Not even a devastating fire could keep this Fitzroy institution down. DJs, cheap pizza and good times are still the name of the game here.

376 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Rose

Bar

Fitzroy’s oldest and best-loved pub still has its soul after a refurb.

406 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Marion

Bar

A place for serious grape lovers.

53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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The Rum Diary Bar

Bar

A Brunswick Street bar wholly dedicated to rum.

334 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Rochester Hotel

Bar

A pub from the couple behind Vic Bar, The Aviary and Dr Morse.

202 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
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Archie’s All Day

Cafe

This all-day diner serves the goods any time you need.

189 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Builders Arms Hotel

Bar

Under the stewardship of star chef Andrew McConnell, this classic old boozer feels as vital as ever.

211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Panama Dining Room and Bar

Bar

Ascend three flights of stairs to reach this convivial loft, where arched windows offer city views.

Level 3 231 Smith St, Fitzroy

Labour in Vain

Bar

A little bit gritty, a little bit dingy, but with its heart well and truly in the right place.

197 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Bar Open

Bar

A good old late night bar sporting character in spades.

317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Little Blood

Bar

Take everything you think you know about tequila and shelve it.

Level 1 272 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Kodiak Club

Bar

A bourbon bar on Brunswick Street that celebrates the things that make American drinking culture great.

272 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Bar Liberty

Bar

Rockwell and Sons and Attica meet to create a Fitzroy drinking den.

234 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Drinkwell

Bar

An outdoor drinking spot in Fitzroy that’s more relaxed, and smaller, than its older sibling.

234 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

The Union Club Hotel

Bar

An archetypical inner-city pub in the back streets of Fitzroy.

164 Gore Street , Fitzroy

The Standard

Bar

A gold-standard, inner-northern pub.

293 Fitzroy St , Fitzroy
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The Commercial Club Hotel

Bar

If Johnny Cash and Nick Cave had a drink together in a Fitzroy bar it would probably be at The Commercial Club Hotel.

344 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy